You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your web browser.  In fact, you may not even know what you’re using to read this article.  But if you spend most of your day online, your browser can help you get more done in less time.

Browsers have come a long way from the days of only using Internet Explorer as the default choice in Windows.  New features are designed to help you find, read and share information easily and more securely.  Plus, you won’t drain your battery doing it.

The Best Web Browsers of 2017 from PCMag offers a comprehensive look at six browsers, including:  Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 only), Vivaldi, and Maxthon Cloud Browser.  (Spoiler alert: they choose Mozilla Firefox as the best.)

For general use, features to make reading and sharing easier are becoming commonplace.  Microsoft’s Edge includes Web Notes, which lets you select, annotate, and share webpages, an ad-free Reading View, and integrated search and social sharing.  If you find an article you want to keep, you can mark it up onscreen with a highlighter, write notes on it, and save it with just a few clicks.

Privacy and ad-blocking features are also more prominent.  This makes sense because most of us prefer not to have our searching tracked and stored.  For example, Firefox blocks third-party trackers if you use Private Browsing mode.  One exception to offering ad blocking is Google’s Chrome – not surprising since Google makes its money by serving ads based on behavioral targeting. 

Since browsers have different capabilities, don’t rely on just one.  If you use a primary cloud application, your provider will recommend the best web browser for optimal performance.  In addition, we recommend using Internet Explorer (or Edge) and either Firefox or Chrome. 

If you’re considering outsourcing your business IT, contact CRU Solutions.